Chicken Taco Salad

Chicken Taco Salad – Loaded with taco sauce, chicken thighs, pinto beans, corn salsa, and crushed up crunchy taco shells. Made in under 30 minutes and packed with flavor!

Chicken taco salads with pickled onions and taco sauce

I love a taco salad. But this taco salad…. it’s on another level. It has so much flavor thanks to the skillet sauce. The creamy elote corn salsa adds another level of texture and creaminess. It’s so good.

What lettuce to use?

We love romaine lettuce! Shredded romaine lettuce is most commonly used on tacos. So it keeps the taco theme going.

You don’t need any dressing for this chicken taco salad…

Between the skillet sauce on the chicken and the creamy elote corn… you don’t need any dressing. Both are saucy enough to coat the lettuce PERFECTLY.

But if you want a dressing, I’d recommend this chipotle honey vinaigrette.

Recipe modifications

This salad is super customizable. Leave off any toppings and add anything else you like in your taco salads. Black beans, avocado, chopped tomatoes, and/or pico de gallo would all be delicious.

You can also use crushed tortilla chips instead of crushed tortilla shells.

Chicken taco salads with crunchy taco shells and taco sauce

What goes with chicken taco salad as a side?

Chips and guacamole or chips and salsa would round out this meal perfectly. Or make some Mexican rice to go on the side!

Watch the recipe video here:

Chicken Taco Salad

Loaded with taco sauce, chicken thighs, pinto beans, corn salsa, and crushed up crunchy taco shells.



1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
Salt and pepper
1 (14 oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 (8 oz) package Frontera Ground Beef Taco Skillet Sauce (or 1 (10 oz) can enchilada sauce + 1 (1 oz) packet taco seasoning)
1/4 cup water


4-6 crunchy taco shells (more or less depending on how many chips you like in your salad)


1 (10 oz) packages frozen corn, thawed in the microwave
1/2 cup crumbled feta (~half a 6-oz package)
3 Tablespoons light mayo
Juice of 1 lime
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Salt to taste


2 heads of romaine, thinly sliced
Pickled Onions
Cilantro (optional)
Taco Bell Mild sauce (optional)



Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. (Add a tablespoon of olive oil if you aren’t using a non-stick skillet)
Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper.
Sear the chicken on both sides for 5-6 minutes each, or until cooked through.
Remove the chicken and dice into small pieces. Add the chicken back to the pan.
Add the Frontera skillet sauce, beans, and water. Bring it to a simmer to warm the sauce through. Don’t simmer for too long because you want it saucy.


Bake taco shells in oven according to package instructions.


Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl.


In salad bowls, add a little shredded lettuce. Top with the chicken, elote corn, pickled onions, cilantro, and crushed taco shells

Nutritional Facts: 573 calories per serving (calculated using Frontera Ground Beef Taco Simmer Sauce)

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